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2019’s Top 25 Attraction Firms named

Momentum Intelligence, in partnership with Lawyers Weekly, has uncovered the firms deemed most attractive to Australian legal professionals this year.

21 August 2019 Big Law
Top 25 Attraction Firms
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The results for the 2019 Top 25 Attraction Firms are in, with this year’s ranking revealing a change in perception to years past. A new number one has been crowned, ending Herbert Smith Freehills’ four-year streak, others have moved off the list altogether, while some of the big four accounting firms continue to make ground.

Now in its fifth year, the Top 25 Attraction Firms is part of the annual Legal Firm of Choice Survey, produced by Momentum Intelligence.

The ranking is formulated from one question within the Legal Firm of Choice Survey, which asks respondents which firm/s they’d consider a move to if they were to leave their current place of employment.


The list below indicates those who received the largest vote, identifying those thought of as being the most attractive employers across the business of law.

While these results are based on the opinion of external lawyers, they represent a unique opportunity for firms to see where they stand in the national legal market, what they can do to improve and how they can continue to excel.

Note: Numbers that are the same represent the firms who have tied.

The 2019 Top 25 Attraction Firms are:

25. DLA Piper

22. Jones Day 

22. Gadens

22. Colin Biggers & Paisley

21. White & Case

20. Allen & Overy

19. Sparke Helmore Lawyers

17. K&L Gates

17. Deloitte Legal

16. KPMG Legal

15. Mills Oakley

13. Lander & Rogers

13. Baker McKenzie

12. PwC Legal

11. Hall & Wilcox

10. HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

9. Norton Rose Fulbright

8. Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers

7. Corrs Chambers Westgarth

6. Allens

5. Clayton Utz

4. Ashurst

3. King & Wood Mallesons

2. Herbert Smith Freehills

1. MinterEllison

Top 25 Attraction Firms ranking – methodology

The annual Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms ranking was based on the results from one question in the recent 2019 Momentum Intelligence Legal Firm of Choice Survey, which asked:

“Which firms would you most likely consider a move to if you ever decided to leave your current firm?”, with respondents able to select more than one firm.

This year’s survey was conducted between 3 June and 3 August 2019, recording the views of over 1,000 legal professionals across Australia.

About the Legal Firm of Choice

The Legal Firm of Choice is an annual report produced by market research firm Momentum Intelligence designed to reveal the attitudes, perceptions and priorities of legal professionals.

It is the resource for helping business leaders attract and retain Australia’s best legal talent by uncovering the key trends in the talent attraction market including the key drivers of satisfaction, retention and attrition.

These insights are delivered on an online interactive data platform that enables users to drill down across the complete five-year history of the survey that includes over 2 million data points revealing the sentiments of legal professionals over time.

The Legal Firm of Choice is available for purchase via the Momentum Intelligence website.

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